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Electromagnetics, RF and Microwaves


The research program in applied electromagnetics covers a variety of topics that address current commercial, civil, and military needs. Specifically, our interests include active circuits and antennas for communications and radar, theoretical and numerical techniques for analysis of high-frequency circuits and antennas, RF photonics, artificial electromagnetic materials, electromagnetic remote sensing, etc. Our applications cover a broad frequency range, dc to optical.

Graduate Courses

ECEN 5104, Computer-Aided Microwave Circuit Design
ECEN 5114, Waveguides and Transmission Lines
ECEN 5134, Electromagnetic Radiation and Antennas
ECEN 5144, Electromagnetic Boundary Problems
ECEN 5156, Physical Optics
ECEN 5166, Guided-Wave Optics
ECEN 5254, Radar and Remote Sensing

Advanced special topics in antenna array synthesis, asymptotic methods, microstrip antenna design, and numerical methods are offered on a demand basis.

Research Topics

Current research topics include:

  1. smart (adaptive) antenna arrays,
  2. rf optical techniques for processing and control,
  3. RF MEMS,
  4. artificial electromagnetic materials,
  5. analytical and numerical techniques for modeling high-frequency and high-speed circuits and antennas,
  6. ultrabroadband and reconfigurable antennas and arrays,
  7. high-efficiency intelligent microwave front ends,
  8. quasi-optical techniques for the microwave and millimeter-wave range,
  9. micro-electromechanical antennas (MEM-tennas) and nano-antennas.


D.S. Filipovic (Ph.D., Michigan), antenna theory and design, computational and applied electromagnetics, nano-antennas and artificial electromagnetic materials.

A.J. Gasiewski (Ph.D., MIT), wave propagation, scattering, and diffraction, radiative transfer, RF to submillimeter wave instrumentation, metrology and remote sensing applications.

E.F. Kuester (Ph.D., Colorado), analytical techniques for electromagnetic modeling, electromagnetic compatibility, artificial materials.

M. Piket-May (Ph.D., Northwestern), numerical electromagnetics, time domain analysis (FDTD), signal integrity, assistive technology.

Z.B. Popovic (Ph.D., Caltech), high-efficiency microwave and millimeter techniques, intelligent RF circuits and antenna arrays, RF optics.

Horst Rogalla (Dr. habil. ret. nat. Muenster, Germany), superconducting digital and high- frequency devices and electronics, superconducting sensors, materials science of cryogenic thin film devices, cryocooling.

Microwave Active Antenna and Circuits Group

Computational Electromagnetics Group


Microwave/RF/EM Teaching Laboratory: A variety of undergraduate and graduate courses share this laboratory with over 100 students per year. The lab is equipped with several automatic vector network analyzers, a dozen of microwave/RF sources, power meters and sensors, oscilloscopes and standard electronics equipment, as well as time-domain reflectometers. A small computer-controlled anechoic chamber dedicated to teaching occupies one part of the lab. Circuits can be fabricted in the lab using etching technology.

Current Research Support

Research support is provided by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Office of Naval Research, U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Air Force, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, National Science Foundation, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.D. Department of Energy, and Wyle Laboratories. Research assistantships funded by these sources are available to qualified students. Fellowships are available for U.S. citizens from Lincoln Labs, and augmentation thesis fellowships are available for study abroad (currently Germany, Spain, Argentina, the Netherlands, and France).